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Stephen M. Gill
Stephen M. Gill
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Stephen M. Gill

Stephen M. Gill

Texas Tower
845 Texas Avenue
Suite 4700
Houston, Texas 77002

start quote symbolMy practice involves a lot of counseling. Most of the time I'm dealing with members of boards of public companies who are very well accomplished in their respective fields. But they're facing bet-the-company transactions, often for the first time. I’m helping really smart people accomplish their strategic objectives.end quote symbol
Stephen M. Gill

Experience Highlights

  • CrownRock, a joint venture of CrownQuest Operating and Lime Rock Partners, in its $12 billion sale to Occidental (In Process)

  • Crestwood Equity Partners in the $7.1 billion sale of the company to Energy Transfer in an all-equity transaction

  • Denbury Inc. in its $4.9 billion sale to ExxonMobil

  • Bonanza Creek Energy in its business combination with Extraction Oil & Gas to form Civitas Resources and Civitas’ subsequent acquisition of Crestone Peak Resources, creating a $4.5 billion combined company

  • Frank’s International in its merger with Expro Group

  • Noble Energy in its $13 billion sale to Chevron

  • Jagged Peak Energy in its $2.27 billion merger with Parsley Energy

  • Roan Resources in its $1 billion sale to Citizen Energy Operating, LLC, an affiliate of Warburg Pincus

  • WildHorse Resource Development in its $4 billion sale to Chesapeake Energy

  • Maxar Technologies in its $3.6 billion merger with DigitalGlobe, creating a leading provider of satellites, earth imagery, geospatial data solutions and analytics

  • RSP Permian in its $9.5 billion sale to Concho Resources, creating the largest unconventional shale producer in the Permian Basin

  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation, creating the largest independent producer of natural gas in the United States

  • The Shaw Group in its $3 billion sale to Chicago Bridge & Iron

  • C&J Energy Services in its $2.86 billion merger with Nabors’ completion and production business to create a leading diversified completion and production services provider

  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf

  • Select Energy Services, an affiliate of Crestview Partners, in its $1.3 billion merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions

  • Westlake Chemical Corp. in its subsequently withdrawn unsolicited $1.2 billion bid to acquire Georgia Gulf Corp., North America’s largest maker of vinyl construction products

  • Huntsman Corporation in its $1.1 billion acquisition of the performance additives and titanium dioxide businesses of Rockwood Holdings

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives

  • NorthStar Realty Finance in the approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals transaction to create a world-class, internally-managed, diversified real estate and investment management platform

  • CYS Investments, an agency mortgage REIT, in its $1.475 billion merger with Two Harbors Investment Corp., a leading hybrid mortgage REIT

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Owens Realty Mortgage, a specialty finance REIT, in its $200 million merger with Ready Capital Corporation, a real estate finance company

  • Rice Energy in the proxy contest defense of its merger with EQT against JANA Partners 

  • Sandridge Energy in its proxy contest defense against Carl Icahn and in the defense of the unsolicited bid of Midstates Petroleum

  • Crest Financial Limited in its proxy contest against the merger of Clearwire Corporation with Sprint Nextel Corporation, resulting in an increase of the merger consideration of approximately 70% from $2.97 to $5.00, valuing Clearwire at $14 billion


  • Tulane Law School, J.D. summa cum laude, 2001 (Notes & Comments Editor, Tulane Law Review; Order of the Coif)
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., Political Science, 1998
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (Texas), 2018−2024; “Up and Coming” in Corporate/M&A (Texas), 2018 and 2019
  • Law360, Energy MVP, 2017 and 2018; Rising Star, Energy, 2015
  • Selected to the 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, Lawdragon, 2022 and 2024
  • Selected to the 500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2023 and 2024
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2005−2015
  • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Transactions, 2017; M&A: Large Deals, 2017–2019; Private Equity Buyouts, 2017; Real Estate: REITs, 2017; Shareholder Activism, 2019 and 2020; US Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2019; M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1 Billion plus), 2022-2024; Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2023; Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2023; M&A/Corporate & Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts, 2023
  • IFLR1000, 2020–2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Houston), 2022–2024
  • Texas
  • “Public Company Consolidations: What You Need to Know,” Energy Series, V&E Houston Office, March 20, 2019 (speaker)
  • “Shareholder Activism,” The Deal Economy Conference – Chicago, September 24, 2018 (panelist)
  • “What to Do When the Barbarians Are At Your Gate: A Shareholder Activism Bootcamp,” National Investor Relations Institute Annual Conference, June 10, 2018 (speaker)
  • “M&A Transaction Structures: Corporate, Reporting, and Tax Considerations,” V&E Houston Office, June 14, 2017 (speaker)
  • “2016 Proxy Review, 2017 Predictions & ISS Voting Policy Updates,” Houston Chapter of Society for Corporate Governance, February 8, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Confidentiality Agreements and Standstill Agreements,” 35th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law of the University of Texas School of Law, February 2013 (presenter)